It’s Friday the 13th and the Cubs road trip continues tonight, weather permitting, with the first of three in Philadelphia. The Cubs run of playing decent baseball came to a screeching halt with the recently completed four-game series in Pittsburgh. The Cubs are 11-24 outside of Wrigley Field and have hit .227/.288/.353 in 35 road games this year while in 29 games at home, the Cubs are batting .240/.312/.394. And on the pitching side, the staff has allowed 107 runs, 91 earned, on 243 hits at Wrigley (3.01 ERA, 1.23 WHIP) and on the road, 153 runs, 143 earned, on 294 hits (4.21 ERA, 1.31 WHIP).
It appears the Cubs will be without Emilio Bonifacio for a while. After Bonifacio had to be helped off the field following his first at bat Thursday night, Bonifacio left the team to go back to Chicago in order to determine the severity of his injury. Ryan Sweeney was removed from his third rehab game before it started and is on his way to Philadelphia to catch up with the team.
And, in This Day in Cubstory, one of the more important transactions in Cubs history took place 30 years ago, and a Cubs great walked away from the game 20 years ago.
According to a report from VVDailyPress, RHP Austyn Willis plans to sign with the Cubs and has informed UC Santa Barbara he intends to play professional baseball. The Cubs selected Willis in the 18th round of the draft and he expects to report to Arizona and prepare for the start of the Rookie Ball season. The report indicates Willis could receive a signing bonus higher than $100,000. Willis has to pass a physical and a drug test before the deal is official.
News and Notes
The Cubs signed veteran catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a minor league contract Thursday.
Over the past two seasons (47 starts), the Cubs have not scored a single run (0) for Jeff Samardzija 11 times, and five times his teammates have scored one (1) run.
Jeff Samardzija starts march to trade deadline according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
According to a report from Carrie Muskat, the Cubs will continue to carry 13 pitchers.
Rick Renteria said Starlin Castro is not a No. 4 hitter in a lineup. Renteria pointed out he fits there for this current team and he plans on leaving Castro in the four-hole.
Mike Olt is not thinking about a demotion according to a report from ESPN Chicago.
Minor News and Notes
Kris Bryant went 1-for-3 with a double, a walk and two runs scored in the Smokies 4-2 loss to the Braves on Thursday night. Bryant is 15-for-36 over last 10 games with four doubles, four home runs, 7 walks and 10 strikeouts … .417/.512/.861/1.373.
Charles Cutler is batting .328/.431/.437 this season with a .868 OPS for the Smokies.
Iowa lost 5-2 to Fresno late Thursday. Javier Baez went 0-for-4 without a strikeout while Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a run scored and his 11th stolen base of the season.
The Boise Hawks open the season tonight, and Mike Stafford posted the Hawks’ Media Guide in .pdf format for everyone to enjoy.
This Day In Cubstory
1994 – At the age of 34 years old, Ryne Sandberg suddenly retired and walked away from $16 million citing family reasons as why he was calling it quits. Sandberg would return to the Cubs in 1996 and play two more seasons to finish up his Hall of Fame career.
1985 – Pedro Strop, born
1985 – Cubs signed amateur free agent Les Lancaster
1984 – Cubs acquired Rick Sutcliffe, Ron Hassey and George Frazier from the Indians for Darryl Banks, Joe Carter, Mel Hall and Don Schulze
1950 – Phil Cavarretta, Bob Ramazzotti and Bob Borkowski homered in the sixth inning and Roy Smalley hit a two-run homer in the 11th innings as the Cubs beat the Dodgers in Brooklyn 6-3
1940 – The Cubs’ Bill Nicholson became the first Major League player to hit a home run at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown. Ted Williams homered later in the exhibition called the Hall of Fame Game
1937 – Cubs scored 10 runs in the fifth inning en route to a 16-8 win over the Phillies in Philadelphia. Billy Herman and Rip Collins each collect four hits and three runs
1925 – Cubs beat the Braves 2-0 on Charlie Grimm’s two home runs at Wrigley Field
1905 – Christy Mathewson no-hit the Cubs and beat Mordecai Brown 1-0 at West Side Grounds
1904 – Frank Chance hit for the cycle as the Cubs and Mordecai Brown beat Christy Mathewson and the Giants 3-2 in New York